The pasture-raised pigs at Smoky Mountain Mangalitsa are now "Certified Animal Welfare Approved" by A Greener World (AGW).

This certification and food label lets consumers know these animals are raised outdoors on pasture or range in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S. and Canada, using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent farm.

Consumer Reports has rated Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW as the only “highly meaningful” label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability — and the only animal welfare certification in which they have confidence.

Like other Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW farmers across the country, Catherine and Rick Topel recognize the growing consumer interest in how animals are raised on farms. Managing animals outdoors on pasture or range has known benefits for animals, consumers and the environment.

Pigs at Smoky Mountain Mangalitsa are raised outdoors, on pasture or range, where they are free to root and forage as pigs naturally do. The farm uses rotational grazing practices and sustainable farming techniques, which results in lower environmental impact and a higher quality product.

Catherine Topel of Smoky Mountain Mangalitsa says all of the hard work is worthwhile. “We find much joy in the community and sense of purpose we have through farming—and love sharing the incredible Mangalitsa breed with others,” she said.

“We’re proud to certify farms like Smoky Mountain Mangalitsa that have demonstrated their commitment to transparency and verified, high-welfare, farming practices," said AGW Executive Director Andrew Gunther. "These stewards of the countryside are quite literally building a greener world while producing delicious food, and we’re honored to help consumers find them--and in doing so choose products that match their values.”

Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pork and lard from Smoky Mountain Mangalitsa are available directly from the farm. Visit smokymangapig.com for more information about ordering online with either on-farm pick up or shipping.

Stay in touch with the farm by following them on Facebook and Instagram, and contact Catherine and Rick Topel at info@smokymangapig.com and 828-246-7372.

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